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US lawmaker accuses Chavez of manipulating vote  WASHINGTON: A leading US Republican lawmaker accused Hugo Chavez Sunday of tightening his grip on power through manipulation and harassment after the Venezuelan leader was elected for another six-year term.   "It is unfortunate that Chavez has retained his grip on power in Venezuela," said a statement from Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the influential chairwoman of the House foreign affairs committee.   "Chavez has denied access to international election monitors, employed last minute ballot changes, controlled the judicial system, harassed independent journalists, and consolidated his power to manipulate the vote in his favor," she said.   Mentored by Cuba's Fidel Castro, Chavez has become the leading voice of Latin America's left, railing against the US "empire" while befriending Iran and Syria.   He was re-elected to another six-year term Sunday after seeing off a stiff challenge from youthful opposition leader Henrique Capriles, who conceded victory, saying: "I accept and respect the decision of the people."   A highly polarizing figure who survived ...

Capriles congratulates Chavez, accepts defeat  CARACAS: Venezuelan opposition candidate Henrique Capriles congratulated President Hugo Chavez on Sunday and accepted defeat after the leftist leader was declared the winner of the presidential election.   "To know how to win, you have to know how to lose," Capriles said at this campaign headquarters. "For me, what the people say is sacred."   "I am a democrat, through and through," he said. "I accept and respect the decision of the people."   "I want to congratulate the candidate, the ...
Front-runner defeated in Brazil SAO PAULO: Celso Russomanno, the frontrunner during the election campaign, was shut out of the key mayoral race in Sao Paulo, Brazil's economic capital, Sunday while Eduardo Pas was re-elected Rio mayor, according to exit polls by the Ibope institute.   Some 139 million Brazilians were called upon to elect 5,561 mayors and 48,000 municipal councilors for four-year terms among 450,000 candidates representing more than 20 political parties.   In Sao Paulo, the exit polls released by the televison ...
From slums to rich districts, Venezuelans vote en masse  CARACAS: From the red-brick slums of Caracas to its elegant wealthy neighborhoods, throngs of Venezuelans lined up Sunday to vote for President Hugo Chavez or his fresh-faced rival Henrique Capriles.   Hundreds of people waited patiently in a parking lot in the 23 de Enero (January 23) "barrio" to vote in the same school where Chavez, a hero of this slum bastion, cast his own ballot in the afternoon.   Norvi Henriquez, a 38-year-old teacher, changed voting district just ...
Venezuelans went election on Sunday CARACAS: Venezuelans went to the polls on Sunday in the toughest election President Hugo Chavez has faced in almost 14 years in power after fresh-faced rival Henrique Capriles electrified the opposition.   Voters stood in lines to cast their ballots while Chavez supporters played bugles before dawn to rally supporters of the president, who is seeking a new six-year term to cement his socialist revolution.   Chavez retains a devoted following among the country's poor, who have propelled him ...
Chavez says all candidates must accept election result  CARACAS: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez called on all political parties Saturday to accept the result of Sunday's presidential election, saying the outcome "won't be the end of the world for anybody."   Chavez, 58, held a news conference after talks with the head of a South American delegation of election experts, Carlos Alvarez, who called on all sides to accept the results published by the National Electoral Council.   "I call on all political actors from the left, right ...
US, Peru boost military ties to fight terrorism, drugs  LIMA: The United States and Peru are boosting their military ties as they work to step up joint counternarcotics and counterterrorism efforts, the country's defense chiefs said Saturday.   "The United States is part of the family of the Americas and we face some common challenges, we face the challenge of terrorism, of drug-trafficking," US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said after meeting with President Ollanta Humala and his counterpart, Pedro Cateriano.   Cateriano echoed Panetta's remarks, adding that Lima ...


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